Mural Painting Methods: How to Paint a Mural
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Mural Painting Methods: How to Paint a Mural

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If you have never painted a mural before and wish to do so then this article will give you an idea of some of the most common methods for painting murals.

Painting a Mural Freehand

Perhaps the least used mural painting method is simply painting or drawing freehand. A good artist can take a photo or small picture and simply by looking at it the artist can paint or sketch a mural on to a wall. This method is best if you are painting an abstract design when you are not concerned with being precise. This is done either with a pencil or straight onto the wall with paint sketching the basic outline of the mural picture.

The down side of drawing onto the wall with a pencil is having to remove or paint over the pencil marks afterward however it has got the advantage of being correctable if you make a mistake. If you decide to paint your mural straight onto the wall it is best to use a very watered down light color so that you can make corrections if necessary. With either a pencil sketch or lights painting the mural artist needs to have some of the walls original background color so that he can touch up mistakes. Mistakes can also be corrected with an eraser or a damp cloth.

Painting a Mural Using a Grid

The second method of mural painting is a little more complicated and takes some preparation work before you actually paint your mural but it does result in an accurate reproduction of a picture. Many professional mural artists use this method to paint large murals. When you can't step back from your work and examine the progress because the mural is too large, for example on the side of a building, this method of mural painting is best. First the picture that is to become a mural is drawn onto a normal sized piece of paper and then a grid of horizontal and perpendicular lines is drawn over the picture, somewhat like the longitude and latitude on a map. The same grid is then drawn lightly (perhaps in pencil, coal or chalk) onto the wall where the mural will be painted. Now the artist carefully copies the picture square by square. This method gives the mural artist a smaller area to work on each time, until all the squares of the grid have been painted and the full mural is completed.

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Using Tracing Paper to Paint a Mural

Draw or trace your picture onto a large piece of tracing paper with pencil or coal. The tracing paper needs to be the same size as the actual mural will finally be. Then tape the tracing paper onto the wall with the side you have drawn on facing the wall. Then rub the back of the tracing paper and the image will be transferred onto the wall. You then have an outline of your picture in order to start your mural.

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Painting a Mural Using a Projector

This is the easiest method for artists painting their first mural or artists wishing to get an exact copy of the picture they are copying. If you are painting a mural in your kid's room then this would be the best way for you to do it. Hire, borrow or buy an overhead projector. Transfer the picture you are going to turn into a mural onto a transparent plastic page (the ones used for presentations on overhead projectors) this can be done at a printers or camera shop if the picture is complicated or you can do it yourself carefully tracing the main lines of your picture onto the plastic. Then line the projector up with the light shining onto the wall you are painting on and project your picture onto the wall. Then you can either Paint straight onto the wall using the projected image as your guide or sketch the outline of the picture onto the wall using the projected image. Once the basic outline has been sketched onto the wall the projector can be turned off and you can begin painting. The downside of this method is that you need to be able to make the area dark in order to use a projector, and also the cost of hiring a projector to paint your mural.

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However you choose to paint your mural you will find that it will bring a lot of joy to the area and need very little up keep, a mural gives an instant interior decorating upgrade and can even be used in kid's rooms to define seperate areas. You might find these mural painting tips useful.

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Comments (4)

I am an artist, but have never done a mural.. these are good tips.

Great article and good to give a try with a projector.

I would love to paint a mural, but I have no artistic talent. Wonderful job though.

i love to paint and draw too. i wish somwday i could paint my own mural

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